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Stampede (Schooner), U22353, aground, 1 Oct 1875

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A special dispatch to the Commercial from Port Rowan this morning says that the schr. STAMPEDE is ashore near Long Pt. Island Cut. She is loaded with wheat from Sheboygan to Buffalo. Assistance has been sent to her from this port.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 26, 1875 3-4

The tug NOLTON, Capt. Edward Maytham, with 2 steam pumps and hawsers, left for Long Pt. last evenign to effect the release of the schr. STAMPEDE ashore at the cut above that place. Capts Morey and Busher have left for the scene of the accident to superintend operations. The severe wind storm now prevailing will doubtless delay the work some time.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 27, 1875 3-5

Capt. Morey, who went to assist in releasing the schr. STAMPEDE, ashore at Long Pt., telegraphed this morning that the mate of the vessel had been drowned. No particulars.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 28, 1875 3-5

      Port Rowan, Oct. 27. -- DISASTER. -- The schooner STAMPEDE, from Sheboygan to Buffalo, with 17,000 bushels of wheat, is ashore west of Long Point Cut, and filled with water. The cargo will likely prove a total loss. The vessel may be got off if the sea runs down soon. The chief mate, Tobias Thian, was drowned and a boat washed away while attempting to leave the vessel. The balance of the crew were rescued this morning and brought safely ashore in a boat from here under command of Captain Hodson of the schooner ERIE QUEEN. The STAMPEDE was burned in Chicago at the time of the great fire, and afterwards rebuilt.
      Toronto Daily Globe
      Thursday, October 28, 1875

The loss of only one life has been reported, namely that of Tobias Thian, chief mate of the schr. STAMPEDE, which went ashore at Long Pt. He was drowned while attempting to leave the vessel in the small boat.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      October 29, 1875 3-4

THE STAMPEDE. - The Buffalo Courier gives the following account of the drowning of the mate of the STAMPEDE at Long Point:
      Capt. Charles Morey, who went to the schooner STAMPEDE, ashore at Long Point, returned yesterday morning. From him we learn the following particulars regarding the drowning of Tobias Thian, mate of the STAMPEDE: The schooner went ashore before daylight, and the mate was directed to proceed to the telegraph office, some six miles distant, and telegraph for assistance. After much trouble he succeeded in performing his duty faithfully, and returned to the beach opposite to where the vessel lay. He signaled her and a boat put off and brought him alongside. All hands then set to work to remove available property to the shore. This was a hazardous undertaking, as the sea was running high, and occasionally a wave would break over the vessel. The mate and two of the crew were in the yawl near the bow, when of a sudden the boat capsized and all three were left struggling in the water. The two sailors were fortunate enough to come within reach of the bob-stays, upon which they climbed and got out of danger. Thian succeeded in clutching the keel of the over-turned yawl and held on until a rope was thrown him from the vessel. He was seen to fasten the line around his body preparatory to being hauled on board when a huge wave struck him. He threw up his arms and slipped through the loop, disappeared immediately. The body was not recovered. The deceased was a Norwegian. We did not learn where he belonged or whether he leaves a family. Capt. Morey was of the opinion that the expedition was working on the schooner yesterday and she would be released without much damage.
      Cleveland Herald
      November 1, 1875

The tug NOLTON has returned from the schr. STAMPEDE, ashore at Long Pt., and reports that the recent stormy weather has interfered with the work, but the condition of the vessel has not been materially changed thereby. The tug returned to have her steam pump repaired, and also to get another one. She will return to Long Pt. as soon as the weather promises favorable.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 4, 1875 3-4

The expedition which went to the rescue of the schr. STAMPEDE ashore at the cut above Long Pt., arrived in port yesterday morning with the vessel, which was run into the Union Drydock. Two steam pumps were used to keep her free of water. The vessel did not present a very bad appearance. She will receive temporary repairs in the dock and afterwards come out to discharge the balance of her cargo, about 10,000 bushels, which is all damaged. A survey will be held in a few days and damages assessed.
      Buffalo Commercial Advertiser
      November 8, 1875 3-5

Port Colborne:-The tug NEW ERA is in harbor here for shelter, she comes from the wreck of the schooner STAMPEDE at Long Point.
      Toronto Daily Globe
      Monday, November 15, 1875
      Schooner STAMPEDE. U. S. No. 22353. Of 294.83 tons gross; 280.09 tons net. Built Huron, O., 1862. Home port, Sheboygan, Wis.
      Merchant Vessel List, U. S., 1884

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    Latitude: 42.555833 Longitude: -80.197222
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Stampede (Schooner), U22353, aground, 1 Oct 1875